The numbers are so startling. You wonder how a governor, even an ideologue of a governor, can ignore the implications.
Dave Aronberg, special prosecutor with the attorney general’s office, recited the statistics behind Florida’s mad, unfettered pain pill commerce Wednesday. You wondered why the very weight of those stats hasn’t crushed the new governor’s objections to monitoring oxycodone sales.
Aronberg, the newly anointed pill mill czar, told a gathering at the health professions division of Nova Southeastern University that Florida peddles 10 times more oxycodone pills than all the other states together. How 85 percent of oxy pills sold in the U.S. come out of Florida. How all 50 of the top 50 medical prescribers come from Florida, most (33) from Broward County.
Broward, the czar noted, reprising that now famous illustration of the oxycodone scandal, has more pill mills (117) than McDonald’s hamburger joints (70).